City stumped by declining health
THE battle is on to save a 120-year-old Moreton Bay fig tree in Kings Square as its health is in decline.
City of Fremantle parks and landscape manager Ryan Abbott said the City has been in contact with an arborist to determine the cause of the declining health.
“The specialists have not been able to define a specific cause, however the gradual decline may be a combination of issues,” he said.
“The age of the tree and disruptions to the root zone over time are just some of the other factors.
“The City is monitoring the tree to see if the steps taken over the past year have an effect on the tree’s health.”
Mr Abbott said the other fig trees in the square had varying states of health.
“Where trees are showing signs of stress, the City has undertaken treatments,” he said.
Mr Abbott did not specify how many trees would remain in Kings Square but said the City valued the fig trees and understood their importance to the community.
The City has been monitoring the trees since 2008 and last year a bioscientist conducted sampling and testing of the Kings Square fig tree.
The tree has also been given an injection of an enzyme to help it to absorb nutrients. Leah Roberts
Concerns are held for the health of trees in KIngs Square.